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Smoking and the Risk of Stroke

According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting upwards of 700,000 people each year. For smokers, the risk of stroke is nearly 2 1/2 times that of nonsmokers.

Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke - Statistics
Coronary heart disease and stroke - the primary types of cardiovascular disease caused by smoking - are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States.

Paul's Story - How a Stroke Changed His Life
"The poisons in the cigs, together with a party lifestyle, alcohol and soft drug use like marijuana had put me at risk for having a stroke."

Strokes 101 - Basic Information
From About.com Guide to Strokes, Suzanne Ryan: "Stroke is the common name for the medical diagnosis Cerebral Vascular Accident (frequently called CVA). It means there has been a disruption in the blood flow of the brain, causing damage to the brain tissues."

Are You at Risk For a Stroke?
From About.com Guide to Strokes, Suzanne Ryan: "Stroke risk factors are divided into two categories – controllable and uncontrollable. If you have risk factors, it is important to talk with your doctor about what you can do to lower your risk."

10 Ways to Manage Your Risk of Stroke
From About.com Guide to Stroke, Suzanne Ryan: "The American Stroke Association estimates that 80 percent of strokes are preventable, meaning that each year up to 600,000 Americans could have prevented their strokes. Here are the top 10 ways to reduce your risk for stroke."

One Minute Three-Step Stroke Test
From About.com Guide to Stroke, Suzanne Ryan: "Although a stroke is always a medical emergency and time lost equals brain cells and function lost, as many as 97 percent of American adults do not know the symptoms of a stroke."

10 Foods That May Help Prevent Stroke
From About.com Guide to Strokes, Suzanne Ryan: "Based on the latest research, here are ten foods that may reduce your stroke risk."

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